This piece originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.
Ryan Lochte, like other repeat Olympians, knows how tough it is to actually explore the cities where competitions are held. “Being an Olympian, we are always traveling, so we’re always going to new destinations and experiencing new cultures. But we honestly only get to see the swimming pool and the hotel,” says Lochte. “We don’t really get to do much sight seeing while we’re competing.”
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This year, the eleven-time Olympic medalist has decided to take matters into his own hands and extend his trip in Rio. “After Rio, I’m definitely going to take a week out there and hopefully just visit the country.” Lucky for Ryan, we’ve got plenty of tips on how he can make the most of his extra time in Brazil.